Focusing with New Understandings of the Right and Left Brain
Hosted by Laura Read and Karen Quatsoe
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US)
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The TIFI Membership Committee is pleased to offer this series of Focusing Roundtables designed especially for members of the Institute. This program will afford members a valuable opportunity to engage in casual peer-to-peer conversation with other members who share Focusing-related interests.
It’s Not Your Mother’s Split Brain!
Back in the 60s and 70s, researchers investigated what part and location in the brain was responsible for different functioning. This gave rise to popular notions that all language functioning took place in the left hemisphere; pictures on the right; logic on the left/emotion on the right. However, research didn’t consistently support this. In 2009, Iain McGilchrist reviewed decades of right/left brain research in his book The Master and His Emissary. He identified one central consistent finding: that the "how" is more important than the "where." It turns out that the two sides of the brain process information in different ways. The left brain brings narrow, sharply focused attention to detail. while the right brain has an awareness that is broad, open, and simultaneous.
In Focusing, we can have a felt experience of these two very different ways of being in the world. This Roundtable discussion is for people interested in experimenting with shifting between a left and right brain perspective and in exploring together the profound implications and applications for the teaching and practice of Focusing.
Some possible questions we might examine are:
- What happens in our brain when we Focus?
- What does it mean to live in a left-brain dominated world?
- How might right brain/left brain awareness affect how we practice, listen or teach Focusing?
- How can contrasting left-brain and right-brain perspectives generate creative insights?
- Can the different territories of the divided brain help us in experiencing “interaction first” and other parts of Gendlin’s theories?
What to expect: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.
About your hosts:
Laura Read is a Focusing-Oriented Psychologist with many years’ experience in psychiatric research. She also practices Tibetan Buddhism and enjoys the synergy of Focusing, meditation and the creative arts. Her current interest is using the lens of the divided brain and the practice of Focusing to further understand and teach Buddhist practice.
Karen Quatsoe is a Focusing Trainer who brings to the practice the creative inclinations developed through her several careers in the art and design field. She has been Focusing for more than 10 years and has recently completed the 2-year FOT program in NYC. She is also trained in Mindfulness and is currently studying Focusing and the Expressive Arts (FOAT).
Registration Closes: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 or when the class is full, whichever is sooner.
Zoom: This conversation will take place on an online video conference service called Zoom. Please attend by computer so that we can have your video presence as well as your audio. Calling in by phone is also possible but not preferred.
Price: The host and co-hosts are volunteering their time in order that this program may be brought to members of TIFI at no charge.
PLEASE NOTE: When you register here, you will be asked to confirm that you are a member. If you are not a member, you may click on the option to receive information about how to become a member. After membership is confirmed and you have registered here, watch for an email containing a link to take you to the conference room at the start time. You will simply click on the link or paste it into your browser to enter the conference.
Sorry, this offering is now full. The hosts have added a second section on February 24th.
Product Code: W-180127-FRT